Jul 30, 2013

British declassified name and power of the new Alfa Romeo sports car

As is known, the Italian brand new car will be a close relative of the Japanese roadster Mazda MX-5. But officially Alfa Romeo positioned the novelty as the successor of its classic model manufactured for nearly 30 years.

Name Spider wore Italian compact roadster, which appeared in 1966 and disappeared from the lineup in 1993 (during which time had to change four generations). The car never completed with powerful engines (the most powerful remained 132-hp version Veloce, released in 1969), but has become popular due simple construction, low price and memorable design.

Autocar magazine recently told its readers that the name Spider will get a new model Alfa Romeo, that the Italians are developing jointly with Mazda. Produced novelty is at the factory Mazda in Hiroshima.

British journalists argue that the final proposals for the design of the new Spider ready and waiting for the final approval of the management of the concern Fiat. The project is directly Marco Tenkone, chief designer of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, which is considered the author of all the notable Italian novelties of recent times: from the compact sports car Alfa Romeo 4C to prestigious sedans Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte.

Classic Spider liked including conservative design: a model in the mid-nineties looked drawn in the sixties. Autocar sources in Alfa Romeo claim that the appearance of the new Spider created without regard to the past: "No retro. Car must be modern, does not have to look like a black sheep in the background 4S and other models of the brand."

Autocar journalists also reported that the car will weigh about 1,100 kg (weight of the current generation MX-5 - 1200 kg), and equipped with turbo engine a series of MultiAir capacity of 1.4 liters and output of 168 hp - such can be found under the hood of hatchbacks MiTo and Giulietta.

The most luxurious Mercedes S-class will sell at a price of Rolls-Royce

Concern Daimler, getting rid of the brand Maybach, said earlier that will replace luxury limousines the most expensive versions of Mercedes S-class. According to recent reports, these cars will be produced in the price range of 200-250 thousand dollars.

As the head of the German company Dieter Zetsche, ultra-luxury versions of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz S-class will be priced at 200-250 thousand dollars, it is in the same price category as the models Rolls-Royce and Bentley, reports Automotive News.
Super S-class, as it is called the future novelty in the company, will be released in 2015. The car will be focused on the same segment as the cars of the liquidated last year brand Maybach. But at the same time, compared with the same Maybach, luxury sedans will be significantly cheaper, said Zetsche.

The main competitors of Super S-class will be the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur. Recall, Maybach 62 S was sold for 470,000 dollars and have to compete on price with top-end versions of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Bentley Mulsanne.

To strip of 200 thousand dollars coming close some models of AMG, but with the advent of super luxury S-Class, "independent of the AMG, we will get more coverage of this segment," said Zetsche. According to him, Mercedes will give a much better base price for the new sedan. And to distance it from the other Mercedes, noted Zetsche, the company will offer technology and interior elements that exceed those that are present in the S-class 2014 model year, which goes on sale in September this year.

Volkswagen told about a new modification of the Golf

German brand has expanded super popular family of all-wheel drive wagon. At the same time seriously limiting the number of engines available for it: if the front-drive hatchback is available in eight different powertrains, the novelty - with only two.

At the same time marketers Volkswagen decided that all-wheel drive wagon do not need petrol engines - so Golf Variant 4Motion can be equipped with one of the turbo-diesel engines. Less powerful for a volume of 1.6 liters develops 105 hp, more powerful for a volume of 2 liters - 150 hp. Minimum fuel consumption is stated by the manufacturer at 4.5 and 4.8 l/100 km respectively.

Place an order for wheel-drive wagons already possible at German dealers of the brand. The base price of the car with a 105-horsepower engine and manual transmission - 24,400 euros.

Toyota has hinted will look like a new generation of Lexus RX

Concern Toyota extended the first official images of its new crossover. However, while we are talking about the car for the Japanese market: Toyota Harrier marketed there. In Europe and North America, this crossover is also known under a different name - Lexus RX.

Manufacturer limited only photos, not yet said a word about the technical component. Meanwhile, Car Watch, which published the pictures, claims that it represented a new generation of Toyota Harrier. Thus, from the photo it is possible to make an impression of how it will look like a new Lexus RX. Likely to differ from the Harrier it will be only another front end design - the crossover from Lexus certainly get a different grille with the logo of the brand.

It can be assumed that the crossover will keep current motor range, which includes the 188-hp 2.7liter engine, V6 of 3.5 liters and 277 hp, and a hybrid propulsion system that provides 250 horsepower. By the way, the photos displayed exactly hybrid modification - so after the upgrade Lexus RX retain version 450h.

Representatives of Toyota have previously reported that the new product will debut winter 2013.

Jul 29, 2013

Ferrari is preparing to release an extreme version of the 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia will soon receive a more extreme version - are sure photospies who took pictures the test car in befitting camouflage. But contrary to the traditions Italians can refuse the name of Scuderia, which was previously assigned a similar version.

More "evil" modification sports car can get the name Monte Carlo - apparently in honor of the famous track "Formula 1". However, solved in Maranello to take this step, will finally become clear only in September - upgraded Ferrari 458 should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. On the other hand, it is possible that Ferrari decided to release two charged modifications under various names.

Judging by the outline of body of the prototype 458 Monte Carlo, sports car will differ by more aggressive look. With the change of the name Ferrari acquire new bumpers, rear fenders with air intakes, dual exhaust, and other wheels. In addition, sports car stronger cling to the ground - reducing the clearance is also included into the training program extreme modification.

We know that Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo will be about centner lighter than the 458 Italia, and about 30 hp more powerful. Thus, the power of 4.5-liter V8 will overcome the threshold of 600 horsepower. However, it is not known whether these changes will have a significant impact on the dynamics of a sports car - and without that it accelerates to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and its top speed exceeds 325 km/h.

Aston Martin built and sold two concept CC100

Conceptual and highly original Aston Martin CC100 was originally designed to beautifully commemorate the 100th anniversary of brand. Speedster presented in one of the holiday events at the Nürburgring. It was expected that the company will build two such cars one of which will remain in the museum, and the second will be sold.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster received its unusual appearance due to the famous race car 50-ies of the last century DBR1. The concept was first introduced to the public in the famous race "24 Hours of Nürburgring", where at the same time held a large-scale gathering of owners of Aston Martin. By the way, the car lefts with the presentation of its own power, after standing in a total traffic jam on departure from the track.

Another purpose of the concept - to show the world what features will have the next generation of British supercars. Fans of the brand expected that the company will release only two copies CC100 and leaving one a memento, and the second will sell selected client. Consequently, the car soon had become virtually priceless.

But Aston Martin for some reason decided to sell both copies. As reported by Autocar, two cars are already sold at a price of 500 thousand pounds each (about 770,600 dollars).

The first car - the same one that visited the Nurburgring. After the premiere car appeared at several events organized to celebrate the anniversary. The second car is currently being build. Buyer will receive it before the end of this year.

It is reported that the owner of the first concept is to retain it in his collection almost like a work of art. But the second one is going, do not hesitate to ride a CC100 on public roads. However, for this first need obtain a permit, which in concept yet not.

The first prototype of supercar Acura NSX will be shown on August 4

Brand Acura, owned by Honda, is ready to show the public the first prototype of supercar NSX. So far only concept cars exhibited. Premiere will take place in the U.S. on August 4, but the first photo company still provided.

According to the report of the North American division Honda, the supercar will be presented at a race track in Lexington, Ohio. The debut will take place in one of the stages of prestigious racing championship Indy. And the car did not just put on display, but also demonstrate its dynamic performance. Pre-production sample will drive one lap around the track, and this lap will be shown in a live NBC.

Given that before the premiere of the production version is still far, on the car inflicted some combination of war paint and camouflage, masking individual parts. But in general the shape of the future Acura NSX can already be appreciated.

Recall that the supercar will be released to the market in 2015. The car is being developed in the U.S. R & D center Honda, which is located in the same state of Ohio, but in Raymond. Previously, it was also reported that the production of NSX will be arranged at the plant in Ohio, which will be built specifically for this project.

New Mini concept car can change colors and wink to passengers

The car named Vision hints what solutions can be enriched production vehicles of the brand in a dozen years. For example, buyers of the future Mini will fix a cell phone in a special web, and not put in a niche.

Externally Mini Vision like were issued earlier and to be issued today Mini, but to make its a body is used high-tech material, which the representatives of the brand named "organic metal". In fact it is an advanced composite, to create which are used several different types of fibers - the result is combination of impressive flexibility with very high strength and unique, reminiscent of fabric surface texture.

Interior from the point of view of design also represents a further development of the ideas embodied in the modern Mini. Self pay attention chairs custom design and web of elastic straps inside the door - it is possible to fix a bottle or a mobile phone, with its network configuration like the British flag. Another memorable part of the interior is the advanced interior lighting scheme: the driver can select from a variety of colors, and the option of "mini-disco" allows to see in the area of ​​the feet and on the front panel "winking" to passengers icons.

The creators of the concept car are asked not to carry out any parallels with the serial Mini third generation, which will premiere this fall at the Auto Show in Los Angeles. Technology and design elements embodied in the Vision find a use for mass-produced cars, it is only after five or ten years.

Citroen luxury crossover will be marketed not only in China

Attention of international manufacturers to the rapidly growing Chinese market, and especially to its premium segment, with good reason. The new crossover Citroen, a prototype of which was shown recently at the Shanghai Motor Show, and it was originally intended only for the Chinese market. But now the manufacturer changed his mind.

In Citroen expect great success of the new crossover in China - and it is believed that such will help popularity of the model adequately express themselves in the European market. According to representatives of Citroen for a concept car Wild Rubis (pictured), shown in Shanghai, same respond positively dealership owners and guests from different European countries.

It is expected that the serial car (rumored to be called DS7 and it will present next year at the Beijing Auto Show) will be built on the platform of Citroen DS5, and the role of the competition have been chosen similar models Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - these brands have traditionally occupied a strong position in the China market.

It should be noted that the crossover will not the only one rookie in the premium line of Citroen DS. According to Autocar, soon to be joined competitor of BMW 5 Series, the prototype of which was a concept car Numero 9 and also a more compact sedan.

Jul 26, 2013

Convertible Opel Adam closer to the conveyor

The first hint possibility of the appearance at compact model open modifications the company made last year with the help of the concept Adam Rocks. Even then, Opel were thinking to make convertible a serial, but the final decision the leadership of the company is not accepted until now.

However, now open Opel Adam closer to the conveyor than it has ever been. Auto Motor und Sport claims that the project will get the approval of the company's management in the near future. Thus an extravagant compact will receive folding soft top with electric drive, reminiscent of the one that is used on a similar-sized convertible Fiat 500C.

As power units particularly it are the same as that of the hatch. This means that future buyers of convertible will be able to choose between the 70-horsepower 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter engine, two versions of the which is developing 87 and 100 hp.

It should be noted that the convertible is unlikely to be repeated in full concept car Adam Rocks (pictured). The fact that the main focus during its creation was made more on pseudo off-road style: Rocks differed increased ground clearance, enhanced track and plastic protective body kit.

Citroen will make a racing star of the budgetary sedan

The next year the French brand will debut in the WTCC. New racing car Citroen is going to demonstrate at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. And it will not model DS3, according to most experts and fans.

The last few years, the main point of application of force for the racing department was Citroen World Rally Championship. Drivers of factory team (mostly - the planet's best rally driver Sebastien Loeb) have won many victories at the wheel of Citroen DS3. When the company announced its imminent arrival in the WTCC (and that Loeb will be one of its drivers), most fans considered that on ring roads will defend the honor of the brand just DS3.

Fans are not that much wrong. For example, the engine of the new car (1.6-liter turbo develops 380 hp and 400 Nm of torque and works in tandem to a 6-speed sequential gearbox) is borrowed from a rally DS3. But is set in the body of the budget sedan C-Elysee.

The head of the brand Citroen Frederick Banse told why the company's management has stopped on this model. C-Elysee is designed primarily for developing countries - and in the calendar WTCC there are races in Latin America, Morocco, China and Russia. Next season tournament participants will open the on April 13.

Honda Civic wagon will show in Frankfurt

Representatives of the Honda said that the list of options, among other things will be adaptive shock absorbers. Decision is doubly surprising. First, at the Civic sedan such shocks do not put even an extra charge. Second, a set for the wagon has two shock absorbers - and not four, as is usual.

The rear suspension that Honda will offer as a paid option to buyers of wagon Civic Tourer, is both adaptive and regulated. That is, on the one hand, the shock automatically become slightly softer or slightly more rigid depending on the quality of the pavement. And on the other - the driver by selecting one of three modes of the suspension, shifts range in which the shock absorbers changes its characteristics in one direction or another.

In most cases, adaptive suspension kit consists of four shock absorbers, and the decision of Honda engineers limited to two is unexpected move. Honda explain that in this case the system loses only 20% of its functionality, while savings in terms of weight and cost of the components is 50%.

It is expected that soon-to-debut at Frankfurt stock car (before this time Japanese have extended a few photos of carefully camouflaged cars) will be not look much different from the concept car that Honda has shown this spring at the Geneva Motor Show.

Bugatti will release a brand history in six cars

Bugatti is going to be a world champion by quantity of various special version of one model. To the already numerous modifications of supercar Veyron soon added six more - by the number of famous people who played an important role in the history of the brand.

"The history of the brand is largely determined by the outstanding individuals and we want through their biographies tell the story of Bugatti", - said the head of the company Wolfgang Schreiber. The first special Veyron will be dedicated to the famous racer of the last century, Jean-Pierre Wimille. In the thirties, driving a Bugatti he has twice won the race "24 Hours of Le Mans" and gained lot of less important victories.

In addition to the long name Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille, exclusive Veyron will be different from the "regular" Grand Sport Vitesse roadster body color - hue blue, echoing the color of one of the cars of Jean-Pierre Wimille. The manufacturer plans to release only three such roadsters, and edition of some of next version can and does make one car.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest roadster in the world after the record, recorded the Guinness book: it was able to accelerate to 408.8 km/h. Hypercar equipped with a 1200 hp 16-cylinder engine, and the acceleration to 100 km/h it takes just 2.6 seconds.

Jul 25, 2013

Cheapest models of Jaguar appear in public in one and a half months

Now the cheapest car the British brand is a sedan XF. For those who want a less expensive car, but the dreams about his own Jaguar, is especially carefully at the September Frankfurt Motor Show.

For fans of the British brand is not a secret that the British were engaged in the development of two models that will be accessible to all produced now Jaguar. It is about a sedan (known as XS), which has to compete with the BMW 3 Series and C-Class Mercedes-Benz, and built on the same platform with it crossover.

Experts predict that the range of available engines for the new models will include gasoline engine capacity from 240 hp to 340 and diesel engines, developing from 163 to 240 hp. Crossover, which in informal conversations called Q-Type, will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. Production of both models at the factory Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull UK will begin approximately in mid-2015.

Representatives of the Jaguar has not shared information when they are going to show new products world. At the same time, the agency Reuters citing informed sources in the company said that both cars can be seen after six weeks - at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. Can assume that it comes to concept cars, the purpose of which will be to provoke public dialogue - that management Jaguar was able to determine in which direction to go when working on a particular component of the car.

The appearance of the first electric BMW finally declassified

Relatively recently, a German company released the "official spy" pictures of the new model. Now in line "unofficially published official" pictures - that is, everybody knows what the company will distribute these photos on the day of the premiere, but representatives of BMW do not confirm this.

Information about the BMW i3 comes to journalists in full accordance with the formula "in an hour on a teaspoon": small portions, but not least a couple times a week. Last time electric car of BMW was noted in the news just two days ago when the concern voiced by the starting price of novelty - 34 950 euros.

At this time, information events have appeared on the Dutch website Autoblog first official photos of the serial i3, devoid of any kind of camouflage (former BMW issued a the "official spy" photos, where the outlines of parts were covered with masking tape, in particular, headlights, grille and below the window sill line of the door.) No one doubts that it emerged today pictures will be distributed BMW on the day of the official premiere - July 29. "Leaked" it to the Internet or were "leaked" by the manufacturer - journalists recently have and do not try to find out. The pictures drew the attention of the dashboard electric vehicle, which is a thin display, dominating the unexpectedly low front panel.

Recall that the BMW i3 will be available in two versions - as an electric vehicle and a hybrid, where compact combustion engine is not connected to the wheels will produce energy for the electric motor.

BMW and Toyota can not decide on what they are working together

About plans to jointly build a sports car, BMW and Toyota announced almost a year ago. Since then, more concrete statements had not been done, and - apparently - in the near future not will be: Japanese and German engineers simply can not come to a compromise.

Representatives of BMW unofficially said that currently are five or six projects for the future sports car. One of the engineers said that has not been determined the basic concept of the car even: "We do not know whether it will be mid-engined supercar or a more traditional, with a front engine. Possible in theory and a third option ...".

Sources in the German company argued that in any scenario the novelty will support the traditional values ​​of BMW. However, some time ago, the project leader Toyota GT86 Tetsuya Tada said that it is considering a new sports car as a potential successor to produce up to 2002 and became the subject of a cult Toyota Supra - comparably large and heavy coupe. Under the brand BMW in recent years produced quite compact and lightweight coupes and roadsters - so it seems to be full agreement within the development team not yet.

On the other hand, both sides have been repeated statements what to get as a result cars BMW and Toyota will be quite different from each other. The leaders of the project do not want to reproduce the recent collaboration of Toyota and Subaru, the result of which was in fact one car is now sold under three different brands (as the Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S).

Seat develops once two crossover

The fact that the Spanish brand of vengeance is ready for serial production the pseudo SUV, became known about a year ago. The recent change of leadership had no effect in these works - in fact, the new model rumored to will pave the way to the market to another, more compact crossover.

Spanish brand's first crossover should reach the market in 2015. It will be built on a platform MQB, which is used by several brands of Group Volkswagen, that is, have a "relative" models of the Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia. By the size of the car will be close to the VW Tiguan, and its appearance can be judged by the presented three years ago concept car IBX (see photo).
According to journalists Auto Express, a novelty for the year will be the only crossover in the lineup Seat. In 2016, on the market will come second, more compact model, which is analogous to the recently introduced VW Taigun.

The source of the news became recently appointed head of the Seat Rudolph Shtakman. He also said that sports car Seat has no plans to produce. And would not comment on rumors that now every effort of engineers focused on the development of a midsize sedan.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be equipped with 9-speed automatic transmission

Mercedes-Benz has joined the game of "who has more steps in gearbox". The manufacturer announced that the 9-step "automatic" 9G-Tronic will become standard equipment for the sedan E350 BlueTec. The appearance of two additional steps did not affect the dynamics, but has reduced fuel consumption.

Previously, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec with 252-horsepower three-liter diesel engine equipped with 7-speed automatic transmission and accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds. After replacing the automatic transmission to the new sedan not became faster. But now it saves to the owner 0.2 liters of fuel with every 100 km - that is, consumes 5.3 liters on the combined cycle operation. Fuel consumption on the highway remained the same, but in the urban economy is more serious: 6.4 liters versus 6.9 liters with a 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition, a slight decrease in the amount of harmful emissions.

Transmission Replacement for one modification of E Class has allowed modernize another. Now, the "automatic" 7G-Tronic instead of 6-speed the "mechanics" is equipped sedan E220 BlueEfficiency. Faster it is also did not, but its fuel consumption has decreased from 4.7 to 4.4 liters per 100 km.

Under the pseudonym 9G-Tronic, most likely hiding gearbox 9NR, which was developed and produced by German company ZF. This unit is equipped with serial Range Rover Evoque and a new generation of Jeep Cherokee. Meanwhile, concerns General Motors and Ford want to equip some its cars 10-speed automatic transmission.

Bentley's first crossover officially launch in the series in 2015

More than a year has passed since then, as Bentley introduced the world conceptual vision of its first crossover. Only now the leadership of the brand officially gave the "green light" to the controversial project. Because initially wanted to do another sports car, and then long to decide on the design of the car.

In a official report Bentley Motors has confirmed that it will launch in series crossover, which will be the fourth model in the lineup. The car will be manufactured in Crewe (start the assembly is scheduled for 2015), and will go on sale in 2016.

"This project will create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK. During the next three years, Bentley is investing more than £ 800m in its headquarters in Crewe and the development of new models," - said in a statement.

About plans to release a crossover on the market said the head of Volkswagen Group Martin Winterkorn at a meeting at the headquarters of Bentley. The event was also attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron. "These 800 million pound investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley - just fantastic news for Crewe, and for all of Britain. This is another important step in strengthening our economy. Sector, which is ahead of us - is the automotive industry. In England every 20 seconds leaves the assembly line one car. I am delighted that Bentley will produce a new car here, "- said Cameron.

All representatives of Bentley, attended the meeting, said that the crossover will be a worthy representative of the brand, having all the characteristic features of Bentley - particularly impressive dynamics and excellent quality. In the 16 months that have passed since the first appearance of the crossover to the public, the company, in its statement, has received many positive and enthusiastic reviews about the project.

The company also noted that the style of the new crossover will be different from that which is now seen on the roads, but it will accurately determine the features of cars of brand. This is the most prestigious and powerful crossover on the market.

Notably, the company announced only a modest teaser of the future crossover, without noting whether the design of the model change compared with what has already been presented to the public. The company also does not mention the name of novelty. The concept was announced under the name EXP 9 F.

Jul 24, 2013

Italian designers have built two "centenarian" supercars

Italian studio Zagato continues to mark the centenary of his long-time partner - Aston Martin. And not without benefit to themselves: two new supercars created by order of non-poor fans of British brand and the Italian school of automotive design.

Two car built by the Italians look twins, and both were named Zagato Centennial. But there are differences.

Open Spyder Zagato Centennial created at the request of the famous American car collector Peter Read. As said the customer himself. "Car combines the DNA of both brands, combining elegant Italian design with the soul and the power of Aston Martin". This car engineers Zagato decided to pay tribute to convertible DB7 Zagato, who was born in 2001. Then it was built 99 copies, while Centennial will be the only one of its kind. Over the "centenary" roadster, by the way, worked on the same team of designers that over the DB7 Zagato. Structurally, the exclusive car is a model DB9 Volante with new body panels and lighting fixtures.

Similarly from the model DBS Italians got coupe Zagato Centennial. In the role of the customer made ​​a young Japanese businessman, whose name was not disclosed studio representatives.

Universal Seat Leon will not roomier of its "relatives"

Family of Seat Leon officially replenished version in the body the versatile, which received the name of Leon ST. Trunk of a car can not be called small, but for this important indicator Spaniard could not catch up with the built on the one platform with it cars of German and Czech brands.

According to official data, the wagon Leon longer than eponymous five-door hatchback at once by 277 mm. Since the wheelbase of model is the same, all these millimeters were given cargo bay. Trunk volume is at least 587 liters, but if fold the rear seats, it will increase to 1470 liters. It should be noted that the front passenger's seat can also be folded, which greatly facilitates transportation of long items.

At the same time Leon ST proved less capacious than built on the same platform Volkswagen Golf Variant. Trunk volume of German wagon - from 605 to 1620 liters. The absolute leader among cars on the general Volkswagen MQB platform is the Skoda Octavia Combi - the volume of its cargo space reaches 1,740 liters.

For buyers Seat Leon ST will be available the same combinations of engines and gearbox as the people who make an order for a hatchback. Thus, the wagon can be equipped with one of the gasoline turbo engines capacity from 85 to 180 horsepower, or one of three diesels similar power.

Front-wheel drive Mercedes will be more

Range of front-drive Mercedes-Benz models soon will join the compact crossover GLA, which the manufacturer is going to present at the show in Frankfurt. But this novelty will not last: on front-wheel platform can be built as a practical machine and cars whose main task - to provide driving pleasure.

Head of Daimler AG Dieter Zetsche said that Mercedes-Benz is not going to stop the process of developing new front-drive models. Obviously, the platform MFA recognized so promising that the family will be expanded and updated. However, according to Dieter Zetsche, the public will have to wait at least five years.

The current A-Class and B-Class, CLA (pictured) and getting ready to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show GLA is a first generation models on platform MFA. The expansion of the family will be timed to the appearance of the second generation, and it will not happen before 2018. Currently, the management of the company is in the process of discussing the development of the front-drive platform, so head of concern doesn't voiced specific plans. However, under assumptions of experts, five years may appear relatively inexpensive roadster that will be the most affordable sports car of the brand.

The list of possible options also includes the convertible and sporty wagon in the style of CLS Shooting Brake on the basis of "four-door coupe" CLA, and seven-seat version of B-Class. Finally to declassify its plans the manufacturer is going until next year.

Jul 23, 2013

Honda has introduced a new generation of Fit

In some markets - including Europe - this model is sold as the Jazz, but for now the Japanese company introduced a version for domestic buyers. Representatives of the brand had a special focus on first appeared in the family of hybrid modification.

Average fuel consumption claimed for version Fit Hybrid - 2,75 l/100 km. As with most similar cars, hybrid propulsion system consists of a compact (1.5-liter) gasoline engine and an electric motor that feeds on the energy stored in a block of lithium-ion batteries. The total installed power - 135 hp and torque is transmitted to the front wheels through a seven-speed robotized gearbox with two clutches.

Less advanced modifications are completed petrol engines of 1.3 and 1.5 liters capacity, respectively, 100 and 132 hp. Gearboxes - to choose from 6-speed manual or continuously variable CVT. According to unofficial information, the new Fit slightly larger than its predecessor: the wheelbase and length increased by 5-8 centimeters and the amount of luggage increased by approximately 20 liters.

All the details about the new generation of model will be unveiled in September during the official premiere. In the European market the car will appear only next year. It is expected that the working capacity and power of the engines will be lower than that of engines available Japanese buyers. But in Europe will be available a diesel version.

Renault will bring to Frankfurt seven concepts and engine for F1

Renault has announced a sample list of new products that will bring at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show. At the booth, you will see a new concept of premium car, which will be put into mass production, as well as six other concepts created by the new design strategy of Renault.

Vice-President of Renault Corporate Design Lawrence van den Acker developed his design direction for future cars of Renault. Characteristic features of these ideas just be demonstrated in all six concepts brought to Frankfurt.

A special place will be a concept of the future premium cars. And, according to rumors, it will be a sedan on the platform of Mercedes E-Class, which was planned in cooperation with Daimler. However, in March this year the company have questioned the feasibility of production of such a car because of the fear of not finding a niche for novelty. Apparently, the French company did find arguments for the production of a premium sedan.

At the company stand will also appear range of electric vehicles, including Zoe, recently appeared on the the German market.

In the center of attention and will be the new engine of the family of Energy for Formula 1, together with the recently presented at the Paris Air Show engine Energy F1 2014. Last of the 1.6-liter produces about 600 hp maximum capacity. With the additional support the combined power of this V6 of 760 hp. With this new engine is more economical than the previous V8. In order to hold the race car with this engine will need about 100 kg of fuel.

Alfa Romeo cars can get rid of a hatchback and the front drive

Alfa Romeo company has set a goal to increase sales by three times. One means of achieving this goal called expanding lineup - with the leader at Fiat Sergio Marchionne is ready to go to quite so drastic measures.

2014 was to be the crucial for the Alfa Romeo: the company planned to bring to market a sedan Giulia, who is considered the ideological successor of the highly popular model 159. Giulia were going to build on the front-drive platform of Dodge Dart, and its main competitor was considered Audi A4. However, it appears that the development of the brand can go in the other direction.

Release of Alfa Romeo Giulia delayed at least a year. Sergio Marchionne decided that sedan should be a rear-drive to compete with similar models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Now for engineers of the brand task in a short time to develop a new or adapt an existing the platform. As a result, future Giulia could be a close relative of the more expensive Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. Interestingly, in the future, the same platform can be the basis for a sports car Dodge Challenger.

However, these radical plans of the management of Fiat, does not seem to end there. According to some reports, Alfa Romeo may abandon the production of front-drive hatch MiTo and Giulietta (pictured), to fully concentrate on the production of rear-wheel drive sport sedans and prestigious crossovers.

Electric car of BMW is an expensive treat

Fully declassify its first electric hatchback Bavarian company intends soon as next week. However, in order to once again stir the interest of the public to the future premiere, the manufacturer announced the starting price for novelty.

As officially announced by representatives of the Bavarian concern, the starting price BMW i3 will be 34,950 euros. This means that the electric car wedged between the 3 series (with a starting price of 28,000 euros) and 5 series (with a starting price of 39,900 euros). In this case, the size i3 is much smaller than 5 Series and 3 Series - for example, it is half a meter shorter than the 3-Series sedan.

It should be noting that the price announced by the manufacturer, it refers to an electric i3 - a hybrid version with extended up to 300 km (with an electric - 160 km) power reserve will be more expensive. BMW promises to tell in details about prices and trim of novelty during the official premiere, scheduled for July 29.

Mitsubishi will make of Lancer Evo competitor to Nissan GT-R

The fact that the new generation of the famous Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution can get a hybrid power plant, the Japanese began to speak in October. The matter is still under discussion, but in the administration of the company already are assessing how it could be a sporty hybrid.

The new generation of Lancer should be presented in the next year, and release a hybrid version is listed in the operational plans of the company. Most likely, the hybrid Lancer will be structurally similar to the crossover Outlander PHEV, which is equipped with two-liter petrol engine and two 80-horsepower electric motors.

PHEV technology Japanese are going to apply to the "charged" modification of Lancer. Thus, the sports car will get all the same gasoline engine - rather than diesel, as was rumored earlier. However, the individual nodes or technologies with the Evo can share racing prototype MiEV Evolution II, participated in the American mountain race Pikes Peak. Experts suggest that because of this the total power of the engines of the new Lancer Evo can exceed 500 horsepower.

In addition, according to some reports, apparently the new Evolution will be similar to a concept Mitsubishi Concept-RA, submitted in 2008. If the Japanese really stylize "charged" Lancer in hatchback body for sports coupe, given the proposed capacity of the power unit novelty in all seriousness, can be seen as a direct competitor to the supercar Nissan GT-R.

BMW may postpone the premiere of the new M3

BMW M3 fans were confident that the new, fifth generation of sports sedan will be unveiled this fall at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it appears BMW decided to combine two premieres: BMW M3 and M4 will perform a duet at the auto show in Detroit.

The fact that the two "hot" car will debut at the January auto show in North America, said the Head of M GmbH Friedrich Nitschke. However, he did not explain what exactly is associated with the transfer of the premiere sports sedan.

It should be noting that earlier concern also postponed the debut of a new generation of Mini, moving it from the Frankfurt Motor Show to show in Los Angeles. This shift, according to some sources, is associated with the desire of BMW to focus public attention on the debut of the electric hatchback BMW i3.

Friedrich Nitschke confirmed that the M3 and M4 (recall that in fact this is one car with different body styles: M3 - sedan, M4 - coupe) should be much easier as its predecessor and the current BMW 3 and 4 series. Plan to achieve this through the use of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium alloys in the construction of sports cars. In particular, it will be made of carbon fiber roof and trunk lid, and aluminum - hood of a sedan and a coupe.

According to head of M GmbH, issue wheel drive versions are still not planned. According to Friedrich Nitschke, the use of the drive to both axles not only make the new M3 is heavier by nearly one hundred pounds, but would worsen the handling.

Assembling of the new Porsche will begin in December

The German company said that the preparation for mass production of midsize crossover Macan is in full accordance with the plans. Completion of the painting shop for bodies at the plant in Leipzig, offers hope that the serial Macan appear in public in the near future.

The factory of Porsche, which is planned to start production of Macan, going through a total renovation: for the reconstruction of the enterprise company has allocated half a billion euros. The project of reconstruction of the plant has already been called the largest in the company's history. The scope of work can be seen in the use of helicopters: with it help builders installed nine large fans on the roof paint shop.

Obviously, in the Porsche expects that the new crossover will be very popular. Apparently, Macan to surpass sales of its "big brother" Cayenne, which is now the most popular model of the brand. So the company is not only not going to delay the start of serial production of novelty, but even a few rushing things. Earlier it was reported that the first production Macan will go off the assembly line next spring, but now the start of production was moved to December. A trial painting of bodies in the new workshop will begin next month.

The basis of Porsche Macan is the platform of Audi Q5, but the developers say that if the crossover from Zuffenhausen and will resemble the model from Ingolstadt, only the dimensions and proportions. Macan will have its own design, its own powertrains and in its own way tuned suspension. The official premiere of the crossover could take place in the autumn motor show in Los Angeles.

Jul 20, 2013

BMW revealed some details of the future M4 Coupe

Before the premiere of BMW M4 only a few months, and presented in Lisbon 4 series coupe only fuels interest in the opening. Option package M Performance, demonstrated by the manufacturer, it can give an idea about the future of exterior M4.

Within the package M Performance coupe BMW 4 series can be provided with advanced aerodynamic body kit. Thanks to it coupe looks more aggressive than the standard sports car: the package includes new bumpers, carbon fiber splitter, side scuff plates and  housing of door mirror of the same material and a rear spoiler. In addition, the coupe received a new 20-inch alloy wheels.

The interior compartment is also decorated with carbon fiber and is equipped with a new three-spoke steering wheel and sports seats. Branded floor mats and overlays on a pedal made of stainless steel should be additional details that will complete the image of a sports saloon.

M Performance Package will affect the performance of several versions of the coupe, though not too much. BMW 420d capacity will increase to 204 hp, BMW 428i receives power of 278 hp, and row three-liter "six" are set to 435i, will develop 345 hp. The increase in power is due to the new settings of the engine control unit and the emergence of alternative exhaust system.

But the most powerful version, BMW M4, will be presented in January at the show in Detroit. It expected to receive a 450-horsepower twin-turbo engine.

Jaguar began testing a small sedan

Jaguar has refused to release a compact sedan X-Type in 2009 because of its low popularity. However, in January of this year, the manufacturer announced that it plans to revive the small sedan in one form or another. Competitor to BMW 3 Series will be available in one and a half years.

Photospies were able to catch the test prototype of sedan, known so far as the Q-Type, on the roads of Germany. No conclusions about his alleged exterior do not succeed - the prototype is a "mule" where technical stuffing hiding under the "one-off" body. However, its proportions it is clear that the sedan will get short overhangs and a long hood. Obviously, Jaguar engineers intend to place the power unit just behind the front axle of future innovations.

Most likely, the sedan will get an upgraded aluminum platform of XJ and aluminum body panels. Jaguar engineers are going to make it as easy as possible and to ensure perfect weight distribution. What kind of engines are preparing for the novelty is unknown, but, quite possibly, the motor range sedan partially borrow from a roadster F-Type. The fact that the manufacturer is going to make Q-Type the maximum sports to give him a competitive advantage over the BMW 3 Series.

Sales of Jaguar Q-Type can be launched by the end of next year.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is delayed for another year

Over the past six months, sales of Chevrolet Cruze in the U.S. increased by 17%, reports Reuters. This is despite the fact that the family produced since 2009. After the appearance of some of the planned novelties this year, Chevrolet Cruze will be the oldest model of General Motors for today.

Yet in the Chevrolet decided to postpone the launch of the new generation of Cruze. Now, his production should start only in December 2015, while according to preliminary plans conveyor had to start working a year earlier.

Sources of Reuters told that this time will be used for a more thorough technical study models and making some additional changes.

In the Chevrolet has already promised radical changes to Cruze in appearance as well as in the interior. It should become more spacious and new engines - more economical. In addition, it can have a Chevrolet Cruze coupe.

Jul 19, 2013

Sales of Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will start on October 1

Suzuki has shared technical information and European prices to a new generation of compact crossover SX4 S-Cross. The novelty retained a choice between types of drive, but it got a new all-wheel drive transmission. In addition, the crossover has become more economical.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross of the new generation differs not only a striking design, but also the larger dimensions. For example, its wheelbase has increased by 100 mm, and at the same increased length - up to 4300 mm. The manufacturer claims that the novelty claim to leadership in the segment by available space for passengers and luggage, and provides a combination of passenger controllability and patency crossover.

This is achieved through a new system of full drive Allgrip, which received four modes - Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock (with differential lock). Depending on the selected mode change the settings of the ESP, the engine and transmission. The basic version of the crossover will be front-wheel.

For Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will be available in Europe, two 1.6-liter engines - petrol and diesel. The first develops 118 hp and 156 Nm of torque, the power of the second - the same 118 hp, but the torque is 320 Nm. The diesel engine is aggregated only with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol is available 5-speed "mechanics" and CVT with 7 fixed "gears". The lowest fuel consumption for the gasoline engine claimed to be 5.5 liters per 100 km, while the diesel engine consumes only 4.2 liters.

The cost of the crossover in the UK starts with a mark of 14,999 pounds. For example, the UK prices for Nissan Qashqai start at 16,899 pounds, and the Ford Kuga is worth at least 20,900 pounds.

Range Rover Evoque will lose the roof

Original cloth-top convertible based on the crossover Range Rover Evoque Land Rover has demonstrated in the past year at the Geneva show. Then the manufacturer is not planning to mass production, but the public reaction forced the British to reconsider.

Land Rover made ​​a final decision to launch the crossover-convertible into mass production. However, yet no official confirmation that the project has received the green light. However, there are already some of the technical details.

Convertible will be built on the basis of the three-door modification of Evoque, almost nothing will be different from the concept and get a fabric top and a standard set of power units. This means the possibility equip convertible one of the diesels with 150 and 190 horsepower or gasoline 2-liter turbo engine, developing 240 hp. Any changes to the body structure of a convertible is not planned.

But, apparently, they have to somehow compensate for the lack of center and rear roof pillars to give the body Evoque the necessary rigidity.

According to preliminary plans, the production of Range Rover Evoque Cabrio will begin next year. Interestingly, Land Rover considers the main competitors of convertible the open version of sports car - Audi TT and BMW 3 Series.

Ford can show the new Ka in Geneva

Leadership of Ford last year was ready to put a cross on a compact Ka at the end of the life cycle of the current generation of model. However can be make sure that these plans have refused: a new generation of Ford Ka came to the tests.

Camouflaged prototype was spotted near the Ford research center in the German Cologne. Auto Express, which published photos, argues that a compact will be available only in the form in which photographed - that is, model will deprive the three-door body.

Probably, these plans are connected to the intentions of Ford to turn Ka into a global model. In addition, insiders say that now hatchback will be focused on more pragmatic buyers who appreciate the combination of price and quality, whereas previously it was considered more an image model.

Argues that hatchback will be equipped with gasoline engine only that will allow the manufacturer save money on development and make the model more attractive in those markets, where skeptical about diesels. Thus, the most likely candidate for a place under the hood of Ford Ka is a three-cylinder engine of the family EcoBoost, a turbocharged version that develops more than 100 horsepower.

Announced the expected date of the premiere of the new generation of Ford Ka. It will take place next spring at the exhibition in Geneva.

The new VW Phaeton will be shown in Detroit

Volkswagen has stopped U.S. sales of its flagship Phaeton seven years ago. But now the management of VW thinks the return of "Phaeton" on the U.S. market. Moreover, the resumption of sales will be preceded by the premiere of the new generation of sedan.

The head of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn told the news agency Bloomberg, that such a large company like VW, simply must have in its lineup flagship premium sedan. So Phaeton back to the U.S. market in the next year, after the premiere of its new generation at the Detroit Auto Show. What exactly will be the VW Phaeton, Martin Winterkorn not reported, but we know that it will be based on the platform of Audi A8 and it could get hybrid power plant.

According to the agency, the cost of the new VW Phaeton in the U.S. will exceed 60,000 dollars. Experts interviewed by Bloomberg, called the resumption of sales of sedan in North America is not the best idea, as it can affect the popularity of the Audi A8. In addition, experts say, American consumers are still not ready to accept VW as a luxury manufacturer.

However, the company considers the return of "Phaeton" in the U.S. market as the first stage of a strategic offensive in North America. In the promotion of the brand in the New World, the Germans are willing to invest more than $ 5 billion.

Sedan Chrysler 200 with a new design will be shown in Detroit

To prepare the public for the premiere of the new midsize sedan concern Chrysler began in January. Then the producer said that on this model will be first demonstrated a new corporate design, and has now become known, and the approximate date of the premiere.

Representatives of Chrysler officially confirmed that the production of next-generation Chrysler 200 starts in early of next year. This means that the novelty will make its debut in one of the closest to the launch the conveyor American auto show. Thus, the premier Chrysler 200 is likely to take place at the January show in Detroit.

It is possible that the company will show two new sedan. According to Reuters, conveyor of the plant in Michigan are preparing to manufacture the two models. Most likely, the second sedan will be the successor to Dodge Avenger, which will share a platform with the Chrysler 200. However, it should be noted that earlier leadership of Chrysler dropped plans to release a new generation of Avenger, and that has forced the manufacturer to change your mind, is not yet known.

Both sedans will be built on a platform CUSW, which has become the basis for the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. This suggests that the base engine for the Chrysler 200 will be the 185-hp 2.4-liter unit. In addition, the sedan can get a 3.2-liter V6 capacity about 270 hp. Presumably, the novelty will be on dimensions similar to the Audi A4.

The new Hyundai Genesis will be shown in January

Among other concepts at the January show in Detroit, and was marked a prototype Hyundai HCD-14, which was called the harbinger of the next generation of sedan Genesis. Exactly one year after its premiere Koreans are going to show the production version of the sedan, which will for the first time four-wheel drive.

Hyundai preferred position Genesis as a representative of the premium segment, while claiming to compete with similar models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

That is why, most likely, engineers decided to provide Genesis four-wheel drive to keep up with European manufacturers. It is possible that the sedan will be built on some new platform, which provides the ability to use the drive on both axes.

Hyundai still prefer to hide about the future serial Genesis. However, even at the premiere of the concept of HCD-14, it was announced that the prototype gives an indication of the style of design, which will be made sedan.

Thus, it is possible to make at least one conclusion - that the new generation of Genesis will be styled so-called "four-door coupe".

Sedan, obviously, will keep the six- and eight-cylinder engines. Currently, Hyundai Genesis equipped with 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and a 5-liter V8, developing 429 horsepower. From developing hybrid versions of Genesis manufacturer has already abandoned.

Jul 18, 2013

Nissan Qashqai will show earlier than planned

A new generation of crossover Nissan Qashqai waiting since last spring, when the exhibition in Geneva showed its conceptual prototype Hi-Cross. It was assumed that the crossover will go on sale by the middle of next year, however, it seems, Nissan decided to hurry.

Sales of the new generation of the popular crossover can begin as early as this year. Some media have predicted the emergence of crossover on the market to November of this year, and argues that the model is, of course, more expensive, but only slightly. Increasing the price should reach 5-10%.

Beginning of sales are likely to be preceded by public debut at a crossover of world exhibitions. It is possible that the premiere of the new Nissan Qashqai will take place at "home" exhibition in Tokyo.

Earlier it was reported that the novelty will be different, first of all, the avant-garde design - this is said Vice President of Nissan Andy Palmer. The basis of the Qashqai has to go to the modular platform of group Renault-Nissan, and motor range will fill a hybrid propulsion system. In addition, the crossover gets a new 1.2-liter turbo engine capacity of 110 hp and the version of the division Nismo.

The Japanese were preparing a new generation Mazda 2

The first informal picture of the new generation of compact hatchback Mazda 2 was leaked to the Web. Judging by a picture, the car will be made in the new corporate style of the Japanese company. A large grille and headlights reminiscent of the similarity with the Mazda 6 and recently presented Mazda 3.

The same traits of front of the body can boast of larger models of the brand - Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9. The smallest Mazda will also receive a recognizable optics.

The new Mazda 2 gets a shortened platform of the older models and a new engine family with the technology SkyActiv. Beginning of sales of the car is scheduled for 2015, and the official premiere will take place in 2014.

Mazda also leaves no plans to produce the most compact crossover in its model range. It is expected that within a few years will come to market Mazda CX-3, which will compete with the current Opel Mokka or Skoda Yeti.

Release of a compact sports utility vehicle is planned for 2015. According to some reports, the new product will be almost 30 inches shorter than the current CX-5. That is, the length of the car will be about 4.25 m. In the car can fit four persons and amount of luggage will make up 400 liters. Initially, the car will have three options gasoline engine: capacity of 100, 120 and 165 hp Offer and two versions of diesel: 120 and 150 hp.

The new Peugeot 308 price tag assigned

The compact Peugeot 308 will be sold in Europe at least 17,800 euros. The new generation of the popular car will be available in four trim levels with three engines to choose from. Compared with the previous version of the new 308 became a little shorter and a little lower.

Will be buy a hatchback with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine power of 82 hp, 1.6-liter HDI 115 hp and 1.6-liter petrol unit with 125 horsepower.

The length of the new Peugeot 308 is 4.25 meters and a height of not more than 1.46 meters. The car is built on a new platform EMP2, which also was the basis of Citroen C4 Picasso, presented in March.

The car became a 140 kg lighter than the current generation. But greatly increased trunk. Instead of the previous 348 liters, the luggage compartment of the new generation of Peugeot 308 is 470 liters. In car salon can be noted a 9.7-inch screen of multimedia system. In Peugeot claim that through its use could get rid of most of the buttons on the center console, control additional functions.

European sales of the Peugeot 308 will start immediately after the debut of novelty at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hyundai is preparing a low-cost compact crossover

Hyundai has started to feel the lack of crossovers. Korean brand model line can be extended with a more compact model than the current ix35. However, while it is only about replenishing Hyundai lineup in North America.

At Hyundai believe that the market of crossovers is on the rise, and models ix35 (in the U.S. known as Tucson) and Santa Fe is definitely not enough to be represented adequately in the segment. According to the head the American division Hyundai John Krafcik, the company controls about 7% of the market of passenger sedans, but it takes a while only 2% of the market crossovers.

Which model may appear in the range of Hyundai, was not clarified. Meanwhile, experts believe that the company is going to develop a crossover that could be considered as the most affordable representative of SUV line. Thus, the potential novelty of becomes a competitor crossovers like Opel Mokka, its co-platform Buick Encore and Ford EcoSport. This intention to clearly demonstrates the increase the attention of manufacturers to smaller models than it is traditionally accepted in the United States.

It is possible that as a basis for developing a new model engineers use crossover Kia Soul of new generation. It was first presented in May at the show in New York.

The new coupe Lexus RC will show in November

Hot Lexus IS F can be on the market in coupe and under its own name. The company has already begun testing a new sports car at the Nürburgring, as witnessed photospies. However, the coupe will get and the "uncharged" version.

Coupe Lexus RC, apparently, will have to take place in the model range of the brand, which once belonged to convertible SC. It is expected that this novelty will play two roles at once. First, it will be the long-awaited serial incarnation of the acclaimed concept Lexus LF-CC. Secondly, according to some reports, Coupe RC will get "charged" modification.

There is information that Lexus RC F will provide the eight-cylinder engine capacity of 460 horsepower. Thus, the novelty becomes more powerful than the current generation of the sedan IS F to 40 hp. Thus, the serial RC F will automatically become competitor to future BMW M4, which is to get six-cylinder turbo engine a similar power. The premiere of "hot" Japanese sports car is scheduled for the January show in Detroit.

However, the model itself will debut two months earlier. The company plans to present at the home show in Tokyo a more relaxed modification of coupe with the RC 350 index. This version will be already known by the IS sedan, engine displacement of 3.5 liters, which develops just over 300 horsepower. In addition, it is known that the Lexus will release a hybrid RC, but details about it yet.

The new Mercedes S 63 AMG was the best V8 in the world and is lighter by 100 kg

Mercedes-Benz and AMG have declassified "charged" modification of the flagship of the brand. Sedan became lighter and more dynamic: even in the long-wheelbase version, it is able to compete with many sports cars. In addition, Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG added a "smart" adaptive suspension and steering.

One of the main challenges faced by engineers of AMG, was a maximum reduction in weight of sedan. For example, the body panels of Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG are made of aluminum, it got a lithium-ion battery instead of the usual batteries and are now equipped with only forged wheels. In the end, managed to ease the sedan more than centner.

AMG thoroughly modified the 5.5-liter V8 twin-turbo: it now develops 585 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. With this engine Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG in the short-wheelbase version with rear-wheel drive spending to accelerate to 100 km/h only 4.4 seconds. Interestingly, the modification of the long-wheelbase, equipped with four-wheel drive was faster by 0.4 seconds. However, it weighs only 25 kg more. Appetite of engine is reduced to 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers, which, combined with high-impact allows the manufacturer to call it the most efficient V8 in the world. In addition, it fits in Ekostandart Euro6. Responsible for stopping the sedan composite brakes with 420-millimeter discs.

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG has received the ability to customize almost anything is possible. For example, its suspension has two modes - comfort and sport. However, with the system Magic Body Control suspension is able to advance to adapt to road irregularities - they recognize the special road scanner. Adaptive steering system also adapts to the selected mode of the suspension, and the seven-speed gearbox AMG Speedshift can operate in three modes - C (Controlled Efficiency), S (Sport) and M (Manual). The first mode is for maximum fuel economy. It is operated system "start/stop" and move it most often starts in second gear.

Different modes can be operated exhaust system, however, it does it automatically, depending on the selected mode of transmission. Special valves muffle the sound of the exhaust in economy mode and allow it to become more emotional in sport and manual.

Apart from anything else, Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG is equipped with a new aerodynamic body kit, specially designed sports seats and steering wheel, and a new dashboard. The cost of a novelty in Germany starts from 149,880 euros for a modification of the rear-wheel drive and a short wheelbase.

Hot Chevrolet Aveo can reach Europe

Hatchback Chevrolet Aveo is marketed in North America under the name Chevrolet Sonic. Its "charged" modification is called the Sonic RS. Derive this version to the European market manufacturer has not previously planned. However, in the web suddenly appeared images of hatchback by named Aveo RS.

Photo shows a hatchback that looks no different from the Sonic RS, however, instead of the license plate on it has plate with the inscription Aveo RS. This, apparently, and allow the published photo sites to declare the imminent start of sales of the "charged" hatchback in Europe.

Sonic RS is equipped with a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo engine, which allows it to accelerate to 100 km/h in about 8 seconds. In the U.S., the engine may be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and a six-speed "automatic". RS version is also different from a regular hatchback exhaust system, sport suspension, 17-inch wheels and aerodynamic body kit. Inside, sports seats are installed.

If the information on the sales of Aveo RS is confirmed, the hot hatchback Chevrolet will have to compete with the Suzuki Swift Sport and the Renault Twingo RS.

Mercedes-Benz has hinted at the most powerful version of the S-Class

The premiere of the new generation S-Class has passed, but potential buyers and fans of the brand still expect at least two novelties - the extended version Pullman and "charged" S63 AMG. A fragment of the last Mercedes showed the new video teaser.

Video that circulated a manufacturer, no different duration: itself novelty in it shows six seconds. However, during this time, Mercedes-Benz had to hint at key moments - how the S63 AMG will look like, what changes will the interior and what engine it will be powered.

Sedan traditionally change clothes in a more aggressive aerodynamic package advanced bumpers, will provide the "Quadruple" release, a new dashboard and 8-cylinder engine with Twin Turbo. 5.5-liter unit will be - like on the previous generation - to develop about 550 horsepower, but, according to some sources, the power will be increased. AMG prepared an optional package, which raises engine output to 571 hp. In addition, it is known that the sedan will be staffed with both rear and all-wheel drive.

The official debut of Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG will be held in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Jul 17, 2013

Audi can bring to Frankfurt seven-seater version of the model A3

Aura of mystery around the new car of German brand create conflicting rumors. At first it was thought that it was a mini-van, now in the novelty see a cross between a hatchback and a crossover. And the management of Audi does not hurry to clarify.

According to available information, the work on the car has progressed far enough. In particular, it has built the first concept car. Leadership of the brand has not yet decided whether he is good enough to show the public. It is possible that in the end the Germans brought the car to the September Frankfurt Motor Show.

Inside the company, the novelty is often called "high-capacity vehicle". It is assumed that the car will compete with the B-Class Mercedes-Benz and is also preparing to debut either hatchback, whether micro van BMW 1 GT. In the sale of car should arrive in about 2017.

The car will join a family of A3 - with an increase of 20 cm in length, and base as compared with the five-door hatchback Audi A3 Sportback will offer as an option a third row of seats.

The developers of the new Ford F-150 are torn between steel and aluminum

Harsh environmental regulations acting in North America, forcing manufacturers to look for different ways to reduce fuel consumption. One of the most effective ways is considered reducing the weight of cars, which is why the new Ford F-150 can be aluminum.

The prototype of the modern pickups Ford is now considered a concept Ford Atlas (pictured), presented in January at the motor show in Detroit. He was distinguished on the one hand, the classic good looks, on the other hand - some of the advanced aerodynamic solutions that will allow manufacturers to claim a significant reduction in fuel consumption (the benefit was about 3 liters per 100 kilometers).

It is possible some of the demonstrated at Ford Atlas will be implemented on the new generation of Ford F-150, but the manufacturer is willing to accept a radical solution - to make aluminum pickup body. This will save more than 300 kg of "flying weight", which has a beneficial effect on fuel consumption. The fact that Ford's engineers choose between steel and aluminum, has been known in the past year, and in that time Americans were not willing to risk: the body and the frame Ford Atlas made ​​of steel. But now, after a series of experiments in Ford are willing to admit their readiness to the use of "winged metal".

However, the final decision is still pending: the manufacturer is parallel working on steel and on aluminum body. Against the second option has a number of arguments - that its high cost, which can seriously raise the price of pickup, and insufficient for use in "farmer" mode strength. At the same time retain a pickup frame structure, or get a bearing body are not yet known.

It is known that a new generation of Ford F-150 should be on the market next year. In his motor range will include a five-liter V8, 3.5-liter engine of the family EcoBoost and a new naturally aspirated V6 of the same volume. In 2015, they will be joined a compact 2.7-liter V6 turbocharged engine.